However, former City keeper John Burridge, who works as a pundit in the Middle East, revealed to the Mirror: "Al Qahtani flew into Manchester with a huge entourage.
"He arrived at the City training ground like a prince and when he took part in his first training session, the members of his entourage lined the length of the touchline cheering his every move.
"When he got the ball, Richard Dunne smacked Al Qahtani with a good old-fashioned 'welcome' tackle, and he fell to the ground like a bag of chips.
"He started rolling around, squealing, and had to be carried off the field. Then he started crying."